This week Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke to a group of investors during its annual shareholder meeting, where he gave an update on everything from the Model X crossover to a replacement for the roadster, which should arrive by 2019. The new model is said to be more appealing for the ladies!
The two big updates from the shareholder meeting besides the fact that plans are still on for the Gigafactory center around Tesla’s future product lineup. Next year the Model X crossover will finally enter production. By now everyone has seen the Model X prototype, but Elon Musk revealed yesterday that the production version will actually look a bit different. In response to criticism that the Model S sedan is too guy-centric, Tesla has made some updates to the Model X that should help it better appeal to women. Musk also stated that he feels that the production version of the Model X looks better than the prototype.
The most exciting part about the design of the Model X are its falcon-wing doors. Tesla has promised that the production version will keep the falcon-wing doors, which is one of the reasons why the Model X has been delayed.
“So in the case of Model X that’s just taken a bit longer than we would have liked. In particular, getting the falcon-wing door right is extremely difficult. Things that you maybe wouldn’t expect are also very difficult, things like the second row seats are quite a challenge because what we’re aiming for with the Model X is that when you open the falcon-wing door, you have the second row seats essentially framed and we want that to feel like a work of art.”
The Model X is still expected to arrive next year and Elon Musk expects production to be fully online by the second quarter of 2015.